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Mahatma Gandhi’s answers to climate change, inequality

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‘An end to greed, beginning of rule of justice, sustainability’

NEW DELHI: “Gandhi’s philosophy and practice are relevant not just to India but to the entire world to find solutions to climate chaos and the deepening economic and social divide between countries and people caused by increasing non-sustainable systems of organising productions and consumptions,” says noted environmentalist Vandana Shiva, the moving spirit behind NGO Navdanya.

International conference

Navdanya in collaboration with the World Future Council, which was formally launched in India recently, had organised a two-day international conference on “Gandhi, globalisation and climate change” that concluded here on Wednesday.

The conference was aimed at highlighting the alternatives that Mahatma Gandhi had inspired which are vital to respond to climate change and socio-economic inequality.

Wasteful production

Stating that the Mahatma was critical of industrialism as a wasteful production system, which destroyed both livelihood and resources, Dr. Shiva at a press conference here on Wednesday said: “Economic globalisation has emerged as a dominant paradigm for organising the economy with maximisation of profits rather than maximisation of public good as the guiding principle. Two centuries of industrialisation in the West and two decade of economic globalisation have created life-threatening situations including problems related to climate change and global warming.”

Dr. Shiva said the economics of greed necessitates the politics of tyranny and violence. “Gandhi’s path of non-violence demands an ends to this rule of greed and the beginning of the rule of justice and sustainability,” she said.

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